5 Brain Health and Longevity Hacks Proven by Science

We recently explored longevity and brain health with Dr. Scott Noorda in a Live Instagram conversation. Dr. Noorda is a Doctor of Functional Medicine and a Longevity Specialist. He is also the father of the amazing Bristol Noorda, who recently completed an internship with us at WebbWell. 

Woman in yellow jacket sitting on the ground meditating near a pool of clear water in the dessert, working on her brain health.

What does taking care of your brain health Now have to do with living well Later? Everything!

Dr. Noorda is speaking our language with his 5 tips for longevity and brain health. We talked briefly about the first four and spent a little extra time on the 5th point, which relates to our blog article Recovery Part One: The Role of Nutrition. 

5 tips for Longevity and Brain Health

1. Intentionally building Relationships

When looking at our minds, longevity is essential to build healthy relationships with others. Dr. Noorda dives into the importance of building relationships. 

This may surprise you, but meaningful, strong connections are the #1 thing that populations who live the longest, healthiest lives have in common. It’s easy enough to think that having a large network or thousands of followers on social media constitute real relationships, but in fact, that isn’t what Dr. Noorda is talking about. Finding ways to spend time and give of yourself with people releases growth hormones in the brain and promotes longevity. 

 “As we look at the populations living the longest, they tend to be the ones that have the strongest connections with other people.” 

– Dr. Scott Noorda

2. Intentionally finding joy in our busy lives by hacking brain signaling to avoid defaulting into stress, fight or flight mode.

Have you ever felt like you woke up in a bad mood, in other words “on the wrong side of the bed?” Dr. Noorda explains that “our brains tend to have a natural negativity bias.” He works to overcome this bias by helping his body take control of my brain, essentially saying to himself, “look brain, this is how the day is going to go.” That way the day doesn’t ‘happen’ to him.

“To live long and happy, and have good brain health we need to intentionally focus on the things that bring joy and happiness and create the days that we want!”

– Dr. Scott Noorda

3. Intentionally stepping out of our comfort zone by learning to do hard things.

Dr. Noorda talked about playing the piano and how hard it is for him to read the notes and play with both hands at the same time. Meanwhile, his kids can do it so naturally! But he continues to practice because doing things that the brain is not used to causes it to stretch and grow. “If I can push myself to learn something good that I can tell is really hard for my brain, then it’s so good long term to continue growth,” says Dr. Noorda.

4. Intentional movement like interval training & strength training. We call it #movementismedicine.

At WebbWell we call it “movement is medicine.” When it comes to longevity and brain health, the #1 thing you can do is move. If time is limited, Dr. Noorda recommends interval training in short bursts of powerful energy output, which has been shown to increase mitochondria production. Also known as the “powerhouse of the cell,” mitochondria generate most of the chemical energy required for biochemical reactions within the cell. The more mitochondria, the better. In addition, research has shown that boosting your heart rate and then slowing it down is a key to longevity. 

5. Intentional eating 

Intentional eating means shifting your mindset away from looking at food just for pleasure, and enjoying food as good medicine for the body and especially the brain. You can have just as much joy in eating other foods that are really nourishing for your body as you get right now eating junk. Dr. Noorda recommends “using food to boost yourself instead of a drug to get you a quick high.” He especially likes eating fermented foods such as pickled beets and kombucha to strengthen the health of the gut-brain axis. 

Thought Questions for the Reader:

  1. How do you actively, proactively, and intentionally develop a meaningful relationship with the people in my life?
  1. What’s something new and challenging that you can do to stretch your brain?
  2. Are you currently eating fermented foods? If not, where can you add that into your diet?
  1. How can you take one of these 5 points for longevity and brain health and work it into your health and fitness strategy? 

Join us for Brain Health Part Two

Melanie will be speaking with Dr. Noorda again in March as they explore the Top 5 things you can do to prevent cognitive decline and keep your brain sharp throughout your life. Stay tuned!

To learn more about Dr. Scott Noorda, visit https://resolveutah.com/

Movement and Brain Health

We take our movement and brain health seriously at WebbWell. That’s why we’ve created a variety of workouts on the WebbWell App rather than specializing in any one style of exercise. You’ll find workouts that strengthen the muscles, move the entire body in challenging, functional patterns, and a variety of relaxing sounds, natures-capes, and guided meditations to down regulate and relax the nervous system. We think the app is much more than a fitness app–it’s a guide to longevity and brain health in the palm of your hand!

About Melanie Webb and WebbWell

Named “The person to call” by DEPARTURES Magazine, “a leader in the adventure travel industry” by Norie Quintos of National Geographic Traveler, and “one of the top trainers in the industry” by The Sports Club/LA (now Equinox), Melanie Webb is the founder and creator of WebbWell and the WebbWell wellness app. A sought-after industry and corporate retreat facilitator and speaker, her fitness course Mother Nature’s Gym Outdoor Fitness Guide is approved for 1.6 CEC’s from American Council on Exercise.